Scientists Solve Mystery Surrounding Voyager 1's Passage to Interstellar Space

Ever since NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft had exited the heliosphere and made the passage to interstellar space, scientists had been perplexed by the spacecraft inconsistent measurements of the galactic magnetic field that lies outside of the Sun's magnetosphere. A new study shows that these Inconsistencies are caused by the deflection of the galactic magnetic field lines from the solar one, at the boundary of the heliopause. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Ever since NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft exited the heliosphere and made the passage to interstellar space, scientists were perplexed by the spacecraft inconsistent measurements of the galactic magnetic field that lies outside of the Sun’s magnetosphere. A new study shows that these inconsistencies are caused by the deflection of the galactic magnetic field lines from […]

Riding on Interstellar Winds: New Solar Outburst Confirms NASA's Voyager 1 Spacecraft Has Exited Heliosphere

Recent measurements of plasma waves at the vicinity of Voyager 1 confirm previous results which showed that the spacecraft has exited the heliosphere and entered interstellar space. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“Sailors on a becalmed sea, we sense the stirring of a breeze.”

— Carl Sagan, “Pale Blue Dot” (1994)

 

In the last couple […]

Ultimate Pathfinder: NASA's Voyager Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager spacecraft has entered interstellar space, marking the first active probe to do so. The announcement was made Sept. 12, 2013. Image Credit: NASA

NASA announced today under much fanfare that the agency’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station over three decades ago, has entered interstellar space, becoming the […]

IBEX Sees Our Solar System's 'Tail'

NASA’s IBEX spacecraft has detected the four-leaf-clover-shaped pattern of our Solar System’s “tail.” Image Credit: NASA

Three years of observations by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) have shown that the Solar System has a tail shaped like a four-leaf clover. The stream of particles that blows away from the Sun, known as […]

NASA Official Clarifies Voyager 1 Announcement

The Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered into a region of space known as the “magnetic highway.” It is one step closer to reaching interstellar space; but it still has a ways to go. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

With a topic as complex as space exploration, confusion sometimes follows. Such has been the case […]

Voyagers Press On Towards the Edge

The Voyagers have each passed their 35th birthdays and – despite having had several scientific instruments shut down, due to power limitations, in recent years – they both continue to enhance our understanding of the outer reaches of the Sun’s realm. Image Credit: NASA

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